As the hype over the Tour de France winds down (because we didn’t win it), Olympic fever is spreading in Australia, and I get the distinct impression that winning is everything! Yes, we should be excited about this international series of events, striving for excellence, seeking to do our best as individuals, teams, and as a nation, but if winning is “everything” we have missed the point! I know some people who will be so involved in what is happening in London, vicariously experiencing winning and defeat, to the extent that their working and family life will probably be adversely affected. That might be simply due to sleep derivation, but it might also be from emotional overload! If that is you, do something about it!
The fact is, we each have to live our own life, so give it all you have got. Remember, in real life there is not just one prize, we can all achieve a positive attitude, strive for excellence and make a successful life. As I have told several people this week, even failure can be the backdoor to success. We all have different gifts and abilities, we cannot all win at the Olympics, but we all need to find out (often by trial and error) what we ARE good at. A failed avionics trainee may, because of that achieve even greater success in the RAAF in another mustering.
The Bible puts it like this:
“The race is not always to the swift,
Nor the battle to the strong,
Nor satisfaction to the wise,
Nor riches to the smart,
Nor grace to the learned.
Sooner or later bad luck hits us all.
In other words, bad things do happen to good people, and you don’t always get what you think you deserve, so get over it and keep moving forward, striving for excellence and developing the right core values. Yes, we may have to deal with defeat, loss and grief, we may not be happy with results at the Olympics, but undergirding all that we need faith to believe that God is in control, He cares about us and will be there for us no matter what happens.